Rivers and Lakes

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and Minneapolis is known to house a few, too. The mighty Mississippi roars through our city, and our lakes are 24/7 ready for fun: liquid or frozen.

Morning
Enjoy breakfast downtown at any one of our fabulous restaurants—from celebrity chefs to local favorites and ethnic specialties—we're sure to have something for every taste. Or savor breakfast at Nicollet Island Inn, surrounded by panoramic views of the Mississippi River.

By car or by bike, tour the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway and discover the beauty of the Mississippi River and our Chain of Lakes. The Grand Rounds is the only National Scenic Byway in the United States that is located within an urban area. Stop at the free Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum to enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi River and the building designed by architect Frank Gehry. Then visit Minnehaha Falls for another stunning display of the mighty Mississippi and the only waterfalls in the United States that is located within a metro area.

Afternoon
Stop for lunch on the Mississippi River bank at Pracna on Main Historic Dining Saloon, the oldest restaurant on the oldest street in Minneapolis. After lunch, take a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge to Mill City Museum. Located within the ruins of the historic milling district, the museum is packed with interactive exhibits, an eight-story Flour Tower and fun for visitors of all ages.

Or, enjoy lunch in the heart of Uptown at Barbette, just blocks from Lake Calhoun. Then tour the Bakken Science Museum & Medicinal Garden on the west side of Lake Calhoun.

Take a ride back in time on a Como-Harriet Street Car Line at Lake Harriet. Stroll along the lake or visit the bird sanctuary, rose gardens (second oldest public rose gardens in the U.S. with 60,000 blooms in peak season) and peace gardens near Lake Harriet.

Evening
Savor dinner as you cruise down the Mississippi River aboard the Minneapolis Queen Paddlewheeler, which provides a beautiful look at historic Minneapolis. Or, relax on the patio of Spoonriver in the Riverfront District. Next door at the Guthrie Theater, take in an amazing view of the riverfront area from a bridge-like cantilever that suspends from the lobby over the Mill Ruins Park.

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    Perfect for Celebrations, Family Outings, Retreats, Bachelor/ette Parties, Fitness, Corporate Outings and Simple Get Away Breaks. ATFS offers spectacular Mississippi River group kayaking tours out of our downtown Minneapolis location! Ever have that Mark Twain dream of spending time on the Mississippi? Well, now's your chance to explore the River at its most majestic. Check out our 2.5 hr, 1/2 day, full day tours!
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    The Mall of America is the largest U.S. retail and entertainment complex, featuring 520 stores, 50 restaurants, the nation's largest indoor theme park - Nickelodeon Universe and many other attractions.
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    Metro Transit's Twin Cities express and local bus routes serve most major destinations, as well as the Hiawatha light-rail line between Minneapolis and the Mall of America with service to the VA Hospital, Fort Snelling and MSP Airport (both the Lindbergh and Humphrey Terminals).
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    The 125 passenger Minneapolis Queen offers public tours and private charters on the Mississippi River cruising through historic Downtown Minneapolis departing from Boom Island Park.
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    With more than 2,000 animals representing over 400 species, you're bound to have a wild time at the Minnesota Zoo.
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    Nice Ride is a bike sharing program dedicated to building community around a convenient easy-to-use transportation option that gives residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town.
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    Experience a Segway on a Magical History Tour of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront! Our three-hour guided tour features stops at St. Anthony Main, Father Hennepin Park, Pillsbury A Mill, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, Gold Medal Park, Guthrie Theatre, Mill City Museum, West River Parkway, Hennepin Avenue Bridge, and Nicollet Boom Islands. Private tours are available upon request for groups of 12 or more, or rent 2-70 Segways for corporate events, parties, and conventions.
  • As Lake Minnetonka's largest fleet, Al and Alma's Charter Cruises has catered to business and personal event specialists for over 30 years. They offer private cruises for groups up to 400, and feature public weekend brunch and dinner cruises.
  • Visit this restored French Second Empire Victorian home complete with its original furnishings. Costumed guides lead tours of the 1872 home of Alexander and Anna Ramsey.
  • See all that the Twin Cities has to offer by taking the Twin Cities Highlights Tour by Award-Winning City Tours and Gray Line. Peer into the glass and steel of Minneapolis, the stately stonework of Saint Paul, and the diverse neighborhoods in between. Or try our exciting Minneapolis Tour and Mississippi River Cruise, our historic Stillwater Tour and St. Croix River Cruise, and our ever-popular Holiday Lights Tour. We can even design private, customized tours for groups. With educational and entertaining live narratives, our spacious motor coach tours are always engaging. No matter which city tour you choose, you'll have an unforgettable time in the Twin Cities. Our public tours pick-up at the Mall America (Transit Station - east side / lower level). Visit our website for tour dates and prices.

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